Bathroom Maintenance and Repair For Beginners
Bathroom is the last place in the house where anyone wants to face any plumbing issues, but it is often the source of just that – what with showers, tubs, sinks, faucets, toilets all assembled in this room! Bathroom repairs are something that often go unnoticed until after a problem arises. If your bathroom has developed cracks, or is wearing down, it might be time for bathroom repairs.
Some common problems in the bathroom that can necessitate repairs include:
- Leaks in taps, toilets, baths, etc
- Toilet and drain blockages
- Damaged waterproof membranes or liners
- Damaged floor coverings or tiles
- Cracked or chipped vanities and baths
- Worn-out walls
Who fixes your bathroom problems depends on what needs to be repaired, as certain things will require specialist attention. While a tiler can take care of tiling issues, plumbers are required to solve the plumbing issues, such as repair of leaks, burst pipes, blocks etc. Examine the nature of the problem and call for a specialist to get the best service. A timely bath repair can delay resurfacing or replacement depending on the nature of the decay or damage.
Many homeowners like to do their own repairs. Here are some easy tips.
- Paint the walls – This is the easiest solution to make everything look new and fresh.
- Install new water faucet – It is pretty simple to replace an old water faucet. Look under the sink and check the number of holes located and how far apart they are. Buy a new faucet that would be the right fit. Turn off the shut off valve located under the sink. Replace the old faucet by loosening the nuts holding it, with the new one. Turn on the shut off valve to restore water flow.
- Repair the cracks – If you find that your fiberglass or acrylic shower has developed cracks, check the warranty first. If you are still under warranty, call the manufacturer. If not, first score the cracked area with a knife. Next, using a toothbrush, clean it completely. Apply an adhesive meant to fix cracks and let it dry. If the surface looks rough, you can sand the area lightly.
- Hard-water cleanup – White alkaline buildup can do good damage to your bathroom. If you do not have commercial products to clean it, you can use lemon juice or vinegar. Spray either of them on the areas where there is lime scale, let it sit for at least thirty minutes before scrubbing it off.
- Clean/seal the grout – First, clear the bathroom space. Next, clean the grout with a scrub brush. Finally, apply the sealant.
While plumbing does not require a large number of tools, you must ensure that the tools you pick are of good quality. And as always, if you find the repairs too overwhelming, don’t hesitate to call a professional. You might actually save some money in the long run.